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Applying for your Course
- Choose any course
- Choose a college
- Submit a UCAS application
- Submit your Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)
- Fill in Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)
- Submit your High School/ University transcript
|Deadlines relevant to undergraduate applications only for 2020 entry
(all 18:00 UK time)
|UCAS application||Tuesday 15 October 2019|
|COPA||Saturday 19 October 2019|
|SAQ||Tuesday 22 October 2019|
|Transcript||Tuesday 22 October 2019|
Have you submitted everything? Click here for an application checklist for undergraduate applications.
Steps for Applying to the Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship
- Apply by the Graduate Funding deadline for their chosen course of study
- Tick the box to apply for funding, and fill in the Cambridge Trust section of the online form stating how they meet the eligibility criteria as part of their application for admission through the University’s Applicant Portal.
- Undergraduate students
- Submit a UCAS application by the deadline
- If offered conditional admission by a Cambridge College, complete an Application for Scholarships for Undergraduate Studies offered by the Cambridge Trust (sent by the College at time of conditional offer) including a Personal Statement of how they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Note: the Trust will work with the Colleges to identify potential candidates.
Alternative sources of funding
To students who are unable to secure funding through the Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship, here are some other options for funding a degree course at Cambridge University:
- The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust
The Cambridge Trust is a charity established by the University to provide funding for international students at Cambridge. Every year, it awards approximately 500 scholarships. Their search tool allows you narrow down the scholarships by country, degree level, subject and college. Students are encouraged to use the search function to find all awards they are eligible for.
- Your college’s admissions office
Undergraduate applications are processed at the college-level. Every college has its own scholarship and grants policies. Contact your college admissions for further information.
- Postgraduate – Your Faculty:
Master’s applications are processed by your faculty. Your faculty might have faculty-specific scholarships and grants, or, might be able to direct you to alternative sources of funding that are specific to your course.
- Public fundraising through a crowdfunding page:
If you are comfortable with fundraising on a public platform, you can share your story and fundraise through GoFundMe (or any equivalent crowdfunding page). Please note that some crowdfunding pages only support a limited numbers of countries, and will take a small percentage of donations to process payment. After you create the page, send us the link to it and we will share it on our Facebook page and with potential donors. We suggest sharing your page with:
- The student press in Cambridge (eg. Varsity, The Cambridge Tab)
- Your college’s Junior Commons Room (JCR; undergraduate student council in your college) or Middle Commons Room (MCR; the postgraduate student council in your college)
Other useful links:
If you have any inquiries about your visa status, please consult the following websites as well as contact your college’s admissions office:
The University’s International Student Office’s Visa Advice Service : https://www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/immigration/visa-advice
Other Useful Links
- InsideUni – There is interview help, overviews of undergraduate courses at Cambridge on the website in general, this page has specific help for refugees
- Cambridge University Students Union alternative prospectus – Information about Cambridge University written by Students
- Project Access for Refugees – Access organisation matching refugees to student mentors who guide them through the application process
- UCAS Student Finance for Refugees and Asylum Seekers – information about funding UK degrees
- UCAS guides on applying to study in the UK written in different languages, including Arabic
- UK Council for International Student Affairs – information and advice about student visas, coming to study in the UK from abroad including culture shock and advice on settling into life in the UK
- University of Cambridge visa information – for international students, links to other useful websites for obtaining visas for study
- Refugee Support Network Access to Higher Education – information and guidance for undergraduate applicants from a refugee background
- Student Action for Refugees list of scholarships, bursaries and financial support for refugees at other universities in the UK (including Cambridge)
- Article 26 – a charity with information about bursaries for access to higher education
- Abdullah’s Story – YouTube video of a Syrian refugee who earned a place to study Natural Sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
- Matt’s story – video of a PhD student from a refugee background talking about his experience at Cambridge
- Coram Children’s Legal Centre – website providing free legal information and advice to children, families and carers. Can be helpful if you are unsure about your immigration status.